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"Israelis and Others Feel the Sting of a Cellur Phone Bug."
A software bug inside the Alpha digital phone of
Motorola has demonstrated an area of vulnerability in
the growing web of digital communications systems -- and
prompted Motorola to issue a worldwide recall. Motorola
wound up asking 150,000 Alpha users in six countries to
return the phones to have the software changed. The
Alpha adheres to an emerging standard for digital
cellular telephones called time division multiple
access, or T.D.M.A. The bug caused the phone to lock on
to one channel and stay there indefinitely.
"There are tremendous risks as soon as you put something
in software," said Peter Neumann, a computer security
specialist with SRI International. The cellular industry
"has foisted a disastrously insecure technology on the
public," he said.
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